Aakash Chopra Analyzes Mohammad Rizwan’s Keeping Tactics In Pakistan’s Super Over Loss
By CricShots - Jun 7, 2024 7:39 pm
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Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra shared his insights on Pakistan’s loss to the United States of America (USA) in the 2024 T20 World Cup, suggesting that USA could have wrapped up the match before heading into the Super Over. The match, held at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas on Thursday, June 6, saw Pakistan being restricted to 159 runs by the USA bowlers. Skipper Babar Azam’s innings of 44 runs off 43 balls was notable, supported by Nosthush Kenjige’s three wickets and Saurabh Netravalkar’s two wickets for 18 runs in four overs.

Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan

In reply, the home team achieved the target of 159 runs witaaaakah three wickets to spare in their allotted 20 overs. USA skipper Monank Patel’s half-century, scoring 50 runs off 38 balls, was pivotal, alongside a crucial boundary from Nitish Kumar off Pakistan fast bowler Haris Rauf in the final delivery. The Super Over ensued, where USA batters managed 18 runs while batting first, and Pakistan struggled, scoring only 13 runs in response.

Reflecting on the match, Aakash Chopra, in a YouTube video, pointed out Mohammad Amir’s inconsistent bowling and Pakistan’s overall lackluster performance that allowed USA to score 18 runs in the Super Over. Chopra emphasized Pakistan’s errors during crucial moments, noting that such games shouldn’t ideally reach a Super Over, and Pakistan’s tactical decisions seemed questionable.

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“USA might have gotten stuck because such games don’t typically go to a Super Over. You should win very easily,” Aakash Chopra remarked. “However, that wasn’t the case. Mohammad Amir’s bowling, coupled with sloppy fielding, allowed USA to score 18 runs,” he added, highlighting the unexpected turn of events.

aakash chppra
Aakash Chopra

Chopra also criticized Pakistan’s bowling performance in the Super Over, expressing disbelief at the number of runs conceded despite Mohammad Amir’s experience. He emphasized the pressure faced by Pakistan after giving away more runs than expected.

“Conceding 18 runs in the Super Over is way too much,” Chopra commented. “When 18 were scored, I remembered Ravi Shastri, their hearts were in their mouths,” he added, illustrating the tense situation for Pakistan.

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Looking ahead, Pakistan faces the India national cricket team in a crucial match at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on June 9. With their upcoming encounter against India being a must-win game, Pakistan’s chances of advancing to the Super 8 stages of the tournament hinge heavily on their performance in this pivotal match.